This is an interesting podcast from Professor Peter Moskos’s website. Moskos and Asher and then Brandon Del Pozo (all PhDs) discuss the increase in firearm arrests from police stops. It is cool just to listen to Moskos and Asher discuss different thoughts, concepts, and ideas and then Del Pozo add in his perspective as he joins in at the end of the podcast.
Here are a couple of my thoughts as I listened to the podcast:
What methods were used to get the guns off of the streets? Self-initiated Field Activity (SIFA), Vehicle and Traffic Law stops by officers, was it searches incidental to arrest, and was citizen contact made because police were alerted by type of a shot detection equipment?
What kind of guns are being used? Were Legal or illegal guns being recovered? Is the gun issue a supply issue or a demand issue? Was the gun a Newly purchased gun? What was the length of time from purchase to use?
Asher noted several times that there was limited data from police departments regarding crimes. Jeff also noted that it would be difficult to get specific data about the guns recovered. I think if some of the police departments devised a program of prisoner debriefings for all gun arrests where a specific script is followed (at least to cover the data that is needed) it might be possible to develop a more fuller picture of the gun crime problem.
This podcast can be access HERE
It’s been with us for nearly four decades, but we still can’t definitively answer the question of whether it prevents crime in our cities.
— Read on www.governing.com/assessments/the-clouded-legacy-of-broken-windows-policing
In late March, I joined demonstrators to protest the Los Angeles Police Department’s clearing of a large homeless encampment in the Echo Park neighborhood.
— Read on www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2021/05/30/California-gave-people-the-right-to-be-homeless-but-little-help-finding-homes/stories/202105300027
This is interesting. The Department of Justice released a memorandum on the Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime. The problem is that the DOJ has little to do with violent crime that occurs in communities. The DOJ and it’s enforce arm the FBI very rarely is involved with neighborhood street crime (State crimes). When the DOJ is involved with crime at the State level. It is usually through a task force operation and that involves a partnership of officers from state police, county sheriffs, and c/t/v police. This leads me to say that the DOJ has little experience fighting local state level crime and are not in the best position to set strategy for a comprehensive plan to stop crime.
Anyways check out their memorandum and see what you think.
Get the memorandum here: www.justice.gov/dag/page/file/1397921/download
This is one of the BEST criminal justice crime-fighting books! It is a Classic and is still pertinent today!!!
A .pdf version of the book can be downloaded from here: www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/111964NCJRS.pdf
Comprehensive review of killings by police in 2020.
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Professor Peter Moskos has a collection of essays from 29 different contributors for solutions to reduce violence. Each write on different topics. It is an interesting read if you are a Mayor or Supervisor of a community or a Chief, Sheriff, or Police Supervisor (or Police Officer).
See more here…. https://qualitypolicing.com/violencereduction/
The COPS office produced some of the best publications in policing. There was a time that every month there was an exciting publication released by the COPS office. You could even receive a hard copy of the publication. With the right leadership and if it returns to producing material that is beneficial to policing the COPS office can return as a great resource.
He wants to give yet more money to a federal office that has helped facilitate abuses in policing.
— Read on slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/02/biden-cops-office-funding-police-history.html